Collected by Ricel Gonzales
30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Many of the buildings in Tiong Bahru, a neighborhood near Chinatown, were built in the 1930s when the Singapore government undertook one of its first housing development projects. The two-story Tiong Bahru Market, which was completed in 2006 but...
78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 162078
Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore's most atmospheric neighborhoods. Art deco government-built housing developments are being turned into renovated loft apartments with cafes, bookstores, and vintage clothing boutiques at street level. On a lazy...
9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
I fell in love with this independent bookshop in Singapore. Browse hard-to-find magazines, art books, and novels plus vintage sunglasses and Pez dispensers at this independent shop. You’ll also find handbound notebooks and letterpress postcards...
19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
I haven't eaten pancakes since I was a kid, but when I spotted the blackberry and chocolate pancakes at the Open Door Policy (ODP) restaurant in Singapore, I thought I might revisit my childhood. After a week of eating barbecue chicken and rice...
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
The National Museum in Singapore features excellent permanent and temporary exhibitions that celebrate the art, history, and culture of this vibrant port city. On Friday evenings from 6 to 8pm, entry to most of the exhibits is free. Combine your...
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
The best fast food in Singapore's central business district can be found at Lau Pa Sat (Raffles Place MRT stop). This 150-year-old former fish, fruit, and veg market was converted into a collection of hawker food stalls in the 1970s. The market,...
245 Victoria St, Singapore 188032
If you wander in and out of the alleys near Victoria Street you'll see a lot of whimsical paintings on formerly bare walls. Haji Lane has always had its share of Instagram-worthy murals but the trend seems to be spreading throughout the...
River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Tour the spice garden at Fort Canning Park with a botanist to see and smell chilies of all types as well as lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, curry leaves, limes, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.Fort Canning Park is bounded by Hill Street, Canning Rise,...
181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
If you're doing some soul searching in Singapore, come to Katong, an East Coast community full of character and characters. Easties grow up here and never leave (those who do spend the rest of their lives pining for the laid-back,...
20 Trengganu St, #02-01 Chinatown, Singapore 058479
An evergreen Chinese favorite, dim sum is great to snack on when visiting Singapore’s famed hawker centers or exploring the city’s Chinatown. Dim sum literally means “touch the heart,” and the authentic local offerings are...
78 Yong Saik Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078
Forty Hands is the coffee shop that started the hipster-volution of Tiong Bahru, and it is still one of the most popular spots in the neighborhood. Great coffee, breakfast eggs, toasted sandwiches, truffle fries, hot dogs, baked goods... need I go...
51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390051
I was fortunate enough to live in Singapore for a four-month internship, and I never ceased to be amazed at the fantastic hawker food there. One of the best hawker centres that I visited was the Old Airport Road Food Centre. I couldn’t get enough...
A snow cone with corn, red beans, and green jelly worms? Yes, ice kachang is a beloved Singaporean treat. You can find it in most hawker centers, and even if the thought of beans and corn in your dessert gives you pause, you should give it a try....
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Every night the street next to Lau Pa Sat in downtown Singapore is closed to traffic. Satay sellers set up their grills, put out folding tables and chairs, and hawk their offerings to anyone drawn in by the fragrant clouds of smoke. You can't go...
Owen Rd & Cambridge Rd, Singapore
Kopi is the Malay/Hokkien term for coffee, an obsession imparted to Singaporeans by the British, but it doesn't taste like any coffee you know. The beans are roasted in sugar and butter, giving them a shiny appearance before they are ground and...
67 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239525
Simple, divine, classic—a few words that describe this century-old eating establishment. Although this particular restaurant is published in tour guides as a chosen place to consume, don't be too proud to try it. The classic breakfast consists of...
387 Jln Besar, Singapore 209002
Liberty is an artisanal, small-batch coffee roaster that arranges tastings by appointment. If you're lucky, the husband and wife team will also have some of their wonderful cakes, muffins, and bars on offer to go with their perfectly pulled...
Boat Quay, Singapore
Boat Quay is the easternmost section of the Singapore River. The original shophouses erected here by Singaporean tradesmen have been turned into bars and restaurants with river views. It is a lively scene with English pubs showing sports on big...
30 Merchant Road #01-03 Riverside Point 058282, Singapore 058282
Riverside Point across the river from Clarke Quay is a great place to sit with a cold drink to watch the world go by. Cafe Iguana is rather large and generic but the service is quick and the drinks are cold, which, on a casual night, is all you...
Sungei Rd, Singapore
The sellers in Singapore's oldest flea market may not be offering anything you want, but it's still interesting to stroll this elbow-shaped lane and peruse the old cassette tapes, secondhand clothes and electronics on display. Not least because...
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